Just when you thought Molokai post offices were safe from cuts, think again.
The U.S. Postal Service announced in the beginning of March that the Kalaupapa Post Office would be saved from closure. Last year it had been placed on a list of post offices at risk of being closed because of their lack of traffic. Kalaupapa was saved because of the isolation and unique needs of the Kalaupapa community.
But now Kalaupapa Post Office — along with the Maunaloa, Kualapuu and Hoolehua post offices on Molokai — are being considered for reduced hours. There are 12 rural post offices across Hawaii facing cuts in their hours of operation. A total of 13,000 rural post offices around the country may also see reduced hours.
To save money, the USPS is proposing cutting opening hours at the post offices between two and six hours a day. This idea was put forward today by the USPS as an alternative to another plan that would close thousands of rural post offices.
As part of this new proposal, another 4,000 rural post offices around the country would be allowed to keep their full-time hours.